F1: Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 in final practice for British GP

The track stayed dry and Max Verstappen turned up the wick in final practice for the British GP at Silverstone with a time of 1m27.901s, the only driver in the 1m27s range.

Sergio Perez was 2nd quick in the 311 Red Bull 0.410s behind his teammate under heavy overcast skies.

Charles Leclerc was third fastest in the #16 Ferrari 0.447s behind Verstappen while the two Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 0.525s and 0.587s behind respectively.

Charles Leclerc 3rd quick. credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Qualifying should be very interesting, as while Red Bull are ahead by quite a margin, much to the chagrin of the highly partisan British crowd, Ferrari and Mercedes seem pretty close together. Leclerc is in third, but Russell and Hamilton are right behind him in fourth and fifth, with Sainz rounding out the top six.

The midfield battle should also be an intriguing one, with Norris leading the pack, as he set the seventh-fastest time of FP3. However, his teammate Ricciardo looks to be struggling a bit as he is all the way down in 18th. The midfield is close once again; the gap between P7 and P11 is just over four-tenths.

If the forecast is to be believed, then we can expect some rain in qualifying later today, which is exactly what Gasly had been asking for. We saw a wet qualifying session in Montreal, and that created a mixed grid, so could we get the same in 2 hours?

Practice 3 Results

1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m27.901s +0.000s
2 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m28.311s +0.410s
3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m28.348s +0.447s
4 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m28.426s +0.525s
5 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m28.488s +0.587s
6 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m28.689s +0.788s
7 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m29.102s +1.201s
8 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m29.185s +1.284s
9 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 Team 1m29.510s +1.609s
10 Fernando Alonso ESP BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m29.520s +1.619s
11 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m29.552s +1.651s
12 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m29.593s +1.692s
13 Guanyu Zhou CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen 1m29.752s +1.851s
14 Alexander Albon THA Williams Racing 1m29.780s +1.879s
15 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m29.885s +1.984s
16 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m29.892s +1.991s
17 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m30.039s +2.138s
18 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m30.293s +2.392s
19 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m30.489s +2.588s
20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1m30.523s +2.622s


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